Federal Way Public Schools scholars from four high schools attended a photo workshop last week highlighting cultural exchange and Japanese photography techniques. This workshop was part of the “Hidden Gems: Sister City 25th Anniversary Project” that showcases the sister city relationship between Federal Way and Hachinohe, Japan.
Representatives from Hachinohe led the workshop, teaching scholars a technique popular in Japan called “Deko Photo.” The technique uses decorative elements like rhinestones and sequins to embellish different aspects of a photograph. Scholars then decorated two photos including the photo they contributed to the exhibit and a photo taken by a Hachinohe resident.
“It’s cool to experience something new and to experience a different culture,” said Federal Way High School student Ashlynn Sterling about the experience.
At the end of the workshop, scholars were invited to share their finished projects and engage in a conversation about how the photos made them feel.
“It’s nice to see and speak with people that come from a different place. And to see all of the photos of where they’re from and how they have expressed themselves through those photos,” said Thomas Jefferson High School scholar Angeles Perez.
These decorated pieces will be brought back to Japan for an exhibit in January. Following the Hachinohe exhibit, the photos taken by FWPS scholars will be brought back to be displayed at Federal Way City Hall.
This opportunity aligns with the district’s strategic plan Goal 3, Active Leaners: Engaged, Empowered, Critical Thinkers.